My formative years were spent on the south side of New York City’s Jamaica, Queens. The small neighborhood is almost considered a quiet suburb of New York City. Quiet—it is not. Suburban—kinda, sorta, but not quite. Sure, there were blocks of tree-lined streets, houses and backyards with grassy knolls, but it also…
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett says the issue of Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment needs to be addressed before players and the league can move forward with talks on how to work together on social causes.
In case you ever wondered about the way (some) correctional officers see their inmates, I lead you no further than to Caddo Parish, La., Sheriff Steve Prator, who is ranting and raging mad about new criminal-justice reform laws that will go into effect next month—because it will mean getting rid of cheap labor.
Multiple NFL players say they have been explicitly and implicitly warned against doing any kind of demonstration during the national anthem in the weeks following President Donald Trump’s directions to owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field” for protesting racial inequality.
When students from a majority-black Louisiana school decided to kneel while the national anthem played at a predominantly white high school’s homecoming football game, opposing fans, and even a referee, booed the students and used racial slurs, according to multiple people in attendance.
This week, five African-American students at Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado found the words “Niggers go home” scrawled on the dry-erase boards outside their dorm rooms.
Among the pantheon of black athletes you don’t discuss negatively, Bill Russell is in the top five. All black men know that walking into a black barbershop and talking bad about Bill Russell is grounds for having your ass kicked. It’s like walking into a black church and talking bad about Jesus; it can bring out the…
A Colorado car dealership curiously pulled all of its television ads featuring Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller after he took a knee to protest
the flag, the national anthem, the military, white people, Donald Trump, injustice and inequality on Sunday.
Editor’s note: For more information about the Buck v. Davis case, read “Racial Bias Got Duane Buck the Death Sentence; the Supreme Court Can Fix It,” also on The Root.
Martha Plimpton and I have engaged in many heated debates about the intersecting land mines of race, feminism and politics. Sometimes those debates end with us walking away for a time and "liking" each other's statuses on Facebook so that we know we're still good—because that's what you do in 2016 in a hyperconnected…
Author’s note: In the time I responded to weekend criticism of high school players taking a knee, a disabled black man was shot dead by police in Charlotte, N.C., while sitting in his car. This is the latest extrajudicial killing that shows that existing while black will get you shot by police.